Born: October 29, 1961 Primary Instrument: Trumpet
Kevin Davy (Trumpeter / Bandleader)
Instruments: Trumpet, Flugel Horn, Keyboards, Percussion, Voice
Biography: London-based, jazz improviser, band-leader, composer and trumpeter. Davy tends towards the modal approach to jazz and improvised music, citing influences such as: Hannibal Lokumbe, Lester Bowie, Don Cherry, Tomasz Stanko, Nils Molvaer Pederson, John Hassel, and others. He is best known for international touring and recording with Lamb, Adam F, Two Banks of Four,Lemn Sissay (Secret Society), as well as his own groups, KDQ and D'semble. According to styles and genres in Jazz and music generally, Davy has worked across a wide variety of styles, throughout Europe, with artists such as; Pibo Marquez(Venezuela), Sangoma Everett(USA/France), Shiek Tidiane Sek(Mali/France), Kresimir Debski(Poland), Roman Rahout(Poland) Paul Shigihara(Japan/Germany), and Doudou Gouirand(France) to name but a few. Davy's trumpet has featured on albums by Japanese producer Sugizo (Truth?, and Grand Cross), US vocalist Melissa Kaplan, The Crass Collective, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Ashley and Jackson, Chapter and the Verse, Adamski, Unabombers, The Aliens, and recently in Germany on the live touring show: Afrika Afrika. Also Kevin Davy has toured internationally with the celebrated vocalist; Finley Quaye, to the Middle East, UAE, and also to South Africa, working with noted South African musicians, Mark Fransman. Davy has performed on the European music festival curcuit, including: the Montreaux, and North Sea Jazz Festivals, as well as New York's revered Summerstage.
Over recent years Davy's group has played most of the main London jazz stages, such as: the Ealing Jazz Festivals, Soho's Pizza Expresss Jazz Club, The Vortex, and the Spice of Life. Also the group has been regularly billed at the Manchester Jazz Festival. Currently, Davy's trumpet playing is featured on collaborative Swiss-based project: Boww, with drummer and producer, Gregor Hilbe.
Kevin Davy's group plays original compositions.
Kevin Davy tends to work within small jazz ensemble, from quartet to sextet, and occasionally larger groups, for his own music. Occasionally varying the instrumentation beyond the normal jazz rhythm section. Davys composition employs strong melodic content, urban edge, and elements from Nu Jazz, harmony from blues, gospel, and the near east. Space, tone and texture are important components of the musical direction with regard to the trumpet and other instrumentation.
Kevin Davy Quartet KDQ,
Awards:Manchester Jazz musician of the year 1992. People Programme, BBC Radio Manchester.
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